2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy.
- Sat, Dec 10th 3:15pm
- Tue, Dec 13th 6:00pm
"A vividly observed debut feature ... Bustamante dramatizes his characters and their indigenous way of life with a powerful, almost feverish sense of immersion." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
IXCANUL will return for a full week in January 2017!
IXCANUL ends our series where it began, in Guatemala. Rather than focusing on the devastating rupture with origins that is the experience of migration, however, Bustamante’s film portrays a fixed, traditional indigenous community of coffee-farming peasants. One of them, 17-year-old María, evades an advantageous marriage to the plantation overseer and gets impregnated by a young worker who she hopes will take her with him to the U.S. The affinities and differences between this film and EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT will be a must in our discussion. IXCANUL has been lauded for a feminist storyline — will we feel that such an approach, coming from a Ladino (criollo) director, is appropriate? In Kaqchikel with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (Daniel R. Quiles)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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